“I hate editors, for they make me abandon a lot of perfectly good English words.”

— Mark Twain


“Arnie Kotler is not only a great editor (which he certainly is). He is a calm advisor for the writing process itself. Although it has been a long time since I wrote my first book, which Arnie edited and published, I still remember how each decision about the book or bump on the road in its execution was made so much easier when I could discuss it with Arnie. Whatever the problem, it would become as light as a feather, and we ended up with an elegant book which is still in print nearly thirty years later.”  — Catherine Ingram, author of In the Footsteps of Gandhi, Passionate Presence, and A Crack in Everything.

“I am forever grateful for the incomparable editorial gifts of Arnie Kotler, to whom I owe the existence as well as the quality of my favorite book by me, World as Lover, World as Self.” — Joanna Macy, environmental activist and the author of eight books

“Arnie’s work clarifies and simplifies without flattening things, and allows the writer’s voice to be more direct.”  — Jack Duffy, Zen master and psychotherapist

“Arnie has an unerring instinct for agents of change, and he has been able to deliver their messages.”  — Jodie Evans, cofounder of CODEPINK, quoted in Publishers Weekly

“Arnie is a truly skilled and wonderful editor. I am grateful for his terrific work for me and his support of so many fine authors.”  — Jack Kornfield, author of No Time Like the Present and many other bestselling books on spiritual practice

“With Arnie Kotler’s help, many authors have achieved their finest work, and found publishers. He is a writer’s treasure.” — Maxine Hong Kingston, editor of Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace, and National Book Award-winning author of The Woman Warrior and other books

“Working with Arnie on Dissent: Voices of Conscience was remarkably easy. He is respectful and kind in his suggested edits, but professional and firm in helping an author recognize that not every word must make it into publication. When I reach the point of needing an editor for my next book, I am definitely turning to Arnie.” — Colonel (Ret.) Ann Wright, coauthor of Dissent: Voices of Conscience

“Over the years-long process of turning my manuscript into a handheld book, Arnie Kotler proved to be an expert guide to editing, book designing, printing, and marketing, and became a trusted advisor and friend.” — Kahikāhealani Wight, author of Rainforest Pu‘uhonua: A Hawaiian Cultural Memoir

“Arnie Kotler’s extensive editing and publishing experience, combined with decades of Buddhist practice, give him a rare ability to understand and assist authors in expressing what they want to say. His intelligence, knowledge base, and collaborative approach make him a highly valued editor.” — Joseph Bobrow, author of Waking Up from War: A Better Way Home for Veterans and Nations

“Reading the manuscript with your suggestions enhances pono [authenticity]. I feel the aloha. What you have done is magnificent. I really appreciate your efforts and your unique knack of feeling into the heart of all that matters.”  — Ruby Hamili, author of He Makana ‘Alamea: The Precious Gift

“Arnie is the intelligent and conscientious editor I had been looking for.”  — Tom Peek, author of Daughters of Fire

“I had the privilege of working with Arnie Kotler, and it was a wonderful experience. He offers an editorial eye that is thoughtful, thorough, and respectful. You couldn’t ask for more.” — Kathleen Dowling Singh, author of The Grace in Living: Recognize It, Trust It, Abide in It

“Arnie’s work is absolutely top of the line. If you engage him, you’ll be in the hands of a master editor.”  — Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle, author of Aging with Wisdom


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